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Cindra M. Dowd

Attorney Cindra Dowd

Cindra Dowd has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her work in Qui Tam law (2021); Protecting the rights of whistleblowers. 

Virginia Employment Law

With nearly 30 years of legal experience, attorney Cindra Dowd focuses her professional practice on sexual harassment in the workplace. She has also successfully recovered settlements on behalf of employees in cases involving whistleblower protection (qui tam), healthcare fraud, racial discrimination, illegal unpaid overtime practices, and FMLA violations. Cindra is a committed advocate for the rights of employees everywhere.

Virginia Personal Injury Law

Employment law is just the beginning. Cindra also helps people during some of the most challenging times of their lives. Whether assisting car accident victims to recoup compensation following a head-on collision or guardrail accident, seniors who have been taken advantage of in nursing homes, or families affected by childhood lead poisoning or a birth injury, she works tirelessly for her clients. Cindra understands the importance of getting into the trenches with clients and fighting for what they deserve.

Notable Cases

*Please understand that every case is unique and prior results cannot guarantee a similar outcome. 

  • $4 MILLION: Cindra Dowd represented a group of African-American employees who experienced severe racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • $3.2 MILLION: Represented numerous police officers against the city of Norfolk for unpaid overtime. The case presented claims under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and under a Virginia state statute which, the officers contended, requires payment of wages at time-and-a-half for any hour worked above their regularly scheduled hours.
  • $747 THOUSAND: Employee who needed one more day of FMLA leave, and who acted within county’s deadline for notification of that need for additional leave. County violated FMLA in terminating her on the day it thought her FMLA leave expired; the Norfolk U.S. District Court’s award includes front pay and liquidated damages for the county’s bad faith.
  • $2 MILLION: The infant, despite being a healthy full-term infant, suffered profound brain damage from oxygen deprivation. The infant’s brain damage occurred after ominous signs of fetal hypoxia and acidemia went unheeded by the hospital OB/GYN over the course of several hours.
  • Cindra dowd has successfully represented victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, but these results will remain confidential.

Education

  • B.A. (Psychology) Duke University (1987).
  • J.D. (Law) Penn State The Dickinson School of Law (1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar, 1992
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia

More About Cindra Dowd

Ms. Dowd is a member of the Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section, the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association (former) where she served as its President from 2001-2002, the Boyd-Graves Conference and formerly she was a member of the James Kent American Inn of Court. Cindra Dowd has been a frequent author and lecturer on various commercial and other litigation practice areas. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Dowd served as a law clerk for The Honorable Hal J. Bonney, Jr. of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Her publications and lectures include:

  • Author: “Bankruptcy and Debt Collection”, How to Get Results in Collection of Delinquent Debts in Virginia, National Business Institute, Inc., 1993; Civil Litigation, Virginia C.L.E. Bridge-The-Gap Seminar, 1994 and 1995;
  • Contributing Author: “Liens and Credit Issues,” Advanced Real Estate Law in Virginia, National Business Institute, Inc., 1996; Real Estate Closings and Transactions, Virginia C.L.E. Bridge-The-Gap Seminar, 1997;
  • Author: “Damages, Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in Virginia”, 1997; Author: “Technology in the Discovery Process” and “Organizing Document Production from Discovery Efforts,” Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Virginia, National Business Institute, Inc., 2001;
  • Author: “Bankruptcy Issues Related to Mortgage Foreclosures,” Virginia Foreclosure and Related Bankruptcy and Title Issues, National Business Institute, Inc., 2002.
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Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Settlements
$5
MILLION
Defective Car Accident Death
Roanoke, Virginia
$3.5
MILLION
Maritime Barge Accident That Caused TBI
Richmond, Virginia
$2.5
MILLION
Carbon Monoxide Wrongful Death
Portsmouth, Virginia
$2
MILLION
Birth Injury Due To Medical Malpractice
Hampton, Virginia
$1.5
MILLION
Childhood Lead Poisoning Led to Brain Injury
Portsmouth, Virginia
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Best Lawyers Recognizes Richard Serpe & Cindra Dowd
Best Lawyers Recognizes Richard Serpe & Cindra Dowd
Best Lawyers in America© has recognized both Richard Serpe and Cindra Dowd  in their 2021 edition. The prestigious honor recognizes the nation's very best legal professionals. Founded in 1981, Best
Former McDonald's CEO Sued for Sexual Harassment
Former McDonald's CEO Sued for Sexual Harassment
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Fatal Hawaii Guardrail Accident on H-3 Highway
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Severe Injuries in Norfolk Truck Accident Near Outlets